Nepal to Vote in April After President Dissolved Parliament Amid Tensions Within Ruling Party

The move follows months of tensions between two opposing camps within the ruling nepal Communist Party (NCP). Party co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, leader of the former Maoists rebels, reportedly accuses Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli of violating their power-sharing agreement and avoiding cross-consultation.

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Sunday approved Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s request to dissolve the country’s parliament amid tensions within the ruling nepal Communist Party, the president’s office said in a statement.

As the parliament’s two-year term has not yet expired, the office said that a Bhandari approval of Oli’s request, presented by the prime minister following a Sunday Cabinet meeting, was based on articles 76 (1) and (7) and 85 of the country’s constitution, adding that a new parliamentary election will take place in two phases on 30 April and 10 May 2021.

Prime Minister Oli was elected in February 2018, not long before the formation of the NCP by the unification of his party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), led by the now-NCP co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Over the past months, there has been “a power tussle” between the PM and the leader of the former Maoist rebels over their power-sharing agreement and a lack of consultation, according to the AFP. Oli refused to succeed Dahal as the prime minister or lead the NCP, causing problems within the party,…

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